Phantasy (Piano)

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3255 posts since 22 Jul, 2009

Post Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:52 am

i've re-done several earlier-sequenced piano pieces with a piano emulator that works 'better' than the instruments from previous attempts. also, there's a brand new piece in the collection called Phantasy

entire Piano album:

D.H. Miltz
11490 posts since 21 Jun, 2008

Post Thu Oct 24, 2013 6:27 pm

Very cool. Only listened to Phantasy, but I'll check out the album at some point. Thanks, mrblitz.

14 posts since 3 Jun, 2013 from Sydney

Post Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:26 pm

I'm not sure why the piano emulator works better than the actual instrument itself but it's missing a lot of dynamics that should be in a piano piece. I also notice some pieces sound rather hard to play speaking from a pianist myself.

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2067 posts since 28 Aug, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia

Post Sun Oct 27, 2013 12:22 am

Left some comments on some tracks on sound cloud. Yoni is a pleasant track. Phantasy sounds great, but as supermaneric says would be hard to play. But that's ok ;)
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3255 posts since 22 Jul, 2009

Post Mon Oct 28, 2013 5:53 am

thanks for the listens/comments.

it's not clear what constitutes a single 'listen' on soundcloud, but this project yielded more listens by far than anything else i've released there.

the piano itself here is actually a collection of samples, contained within a renoise 'instrument'. previously with mda piano i was getting distortion. aside from some odd 'resonances' with certain note sequences, this renoise instrument sounds better overall.

admittedly, there are not a lot of dynamics with these recordings. the variance below 'full volume' is probably 10-20%. any dynamics with these will probably be from 'less notes' versus 'more notes' in a given passage. indeed, the 'per note volume differential' is not great.

with the exception of 'walter and walter', all of these could theoretically be played in real-time by a world-class pianist. the chief difficulties of playing 'phantasy' would probably be with some of the rhythmic structures.

'walter and walter' though; that would probably require 3 or 4 hands.

other extremely-difficult-but-not-impossible pieces might include, 'freak world', 'everywhere', 'mutation'.

'yoni' was actually another one of those written 25+ years ago during college. it was an idea taken from the guitar in descending by 'inverted' 3rds in triplets:

kinf of like: afaegefdfcec... etc.

this renoise version has some accidentals (out of the key) added into the left-hand block chords, which weren't originally there in the transcription.

as for the dating of the pieces, there are the old, transcribed works from the '80s, and the new, purely step-sequenced ones from the past couple of years:

spring fever
accidental minuet
sonata in c minor (this is a slow version)
ii (like 'sonata', another one written for piano OR two guitars)
small waltz

walter and walter (was a kvr one synth contest entry for zebralette)
freak world
mutation (closes out with a 'sonatina' from the '80s)
everywhere (employs a 'hexatonic' or six-note scale)

4 posts since 13 Feb, 2013

Post Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:49 pm

Absorbing album. Complex and demands my attention. I'd say sometimes it could be too complex if it were to be background music, but when paying attention to it it is enjoyable :)

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